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Sean Shaw off to a quick start in fundraising for HD 61 seat

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House District 61 hopeful Sean Shaw announced on Monday that he’s raised more than $20,000 during his first 20 days on the campaign trail.

“Our supporters have stepped up in a big way,” Shaw said in a statement.  “They know I’ll work hard for our families and make our streets safer for our children. As our Consumer Advocate, as an attorney fighting for victims, and as a volunteer serving our community, I’ve always put people first.  I’m so thankful for the overwhelming show of support.”

Shaw announced last month that he would run for the HD 61 seat, which encompasses East Tampa, Ybor City and parts of West Tampa. He ran for the seat in 2014 and lost to fellow Democrat Ed Narain. Narain has announced that he will be stepping down from his seat later this year to run for the state Senate 19 seat being vacated by Arthenia Joyner.

East Tampa community activist Diane Hart is also running as a Democrat in the race. She entered the race a couple of weeks ago, and has not had to report any financials yet.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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